Artist Statement

Morgan Overton (b. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1993) is a visual artist based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She creates across various mediums to vibrantly interpret social, cultural, and political issues as an ode to the bell hooks quote: “The function of art is to do more than tell it like it is – it's to imagine what is possible”.

Following the tradition of Black artists past and present, Morgan centers the humanity of Black and historically disenfranchised groups as means to reclaim narratives, histories, and inform our collective future. 

Morgan predominantly works in portraiture, as she believes it is a platform that allows us to see ourselves in ways that expand our consciousness. Morgan’s work has ranged from honoring the legacies of freedom fighters, to the hero that exists in the human spirit at large. 

Morgan’s work has been Nationally and Internationally featured. In Greater Pittsburgh, notably with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Pirates Charities, the International Free Expression Project, Carnegie Museums, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and University of Pittsburgh. In addition, the United States Capitol in the United States Senate Russell Building, and the Pennsylvania State Capitol. Internationally, in St. Paul de Vence, France and Paris, France.

Morgan is currently Artist-In-Residence at the University of Pittsburgh Frederick Honors College, where she elevates artmaking as a tool to preserve Democracy. Additionally, she is a member of Women of Visions - the longest running collective of contemporary African-American women artists in the United States. 

From the University of Pittsburgh, Morgan earned a Masters in Social Work with a focus in Community Organizing and Social Action, and a Bachelor's in Psychology with a minor in Studio Art. In 2024, Morgan received the "Community Artivist" Award by the Carnegie Museums and In 2019, she was inducted into the Pittsburgh Business Times' 30 under 30 Award.

Features

2023 Pennsylvania Governor's Residence
"Emerge" (2020) was selected by Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro to be exhibited in the Governor's Residence.
2022 Pittsburgh Steelers Gameday Poster
For the December 11th 2022 Steelers v Ravens game, Morgan was selected to design a Gameday poster to convey the rivalry, and charity associated with the game.
2022 Pittsburgh Pirates Charities
Pittsburgh Pirates Charities held an art auction of originally designed homebase plates. Proceeds of the plate went to pillars of the Charities mission areas.
2021 There is Black Art in the Future Window Exhibit
Protect Our Future (2021) is featured on the windows of the Pitt Building, in Downtown Pittsburgh (211-213 Smithfield Street)
2020 Art of Diversity Showcase
Emerge (2020) was selected as an honorable mention in the Cultural Identity category for the University of Pittsburgh's "Art of Diversity" Showcase
2018 Showtime Network's "The Affair" - Season 4
Langston Hughes (2017) was featured in various scenes of Season 4 of Showtime Network's The Affair.
2018 Buzzfeed Article Feature
Killmonger - Black Panther (2018) was featured in a Buzzfeed article highlighting artwork inspired by Marvel's film, Black Panther (2018)
2017 Peace Project Fusion Award Winner
Baldwin (2017) was a winner for an international call for artists, and part of a traveling exhibit to amplify global humanitarian work for peace.
2023 Pennsylvania Governor's Residence
"Emerge" (2020) was selected by Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro to be exhibited in the Governor's Residence.
2022 Pittsburgh Steelers Gameday Poster
For the December 11th 2022 Steelers v Ravens game, Morgan was selected to design a Gameday poster to convey the rivalry, and charity associated with the game.
2022 Pittsburgh Pirates Charities
Pittsburgh Pirates Charities held an art auction of originally designed homebase plates. Proceeds of the plate went to pillars of the Charities mission areas.
2021 There is Black Art in the Future Window Exhibit
Protect Our Future (2021) is featured on the windows of the Pitt Building, in Downtown Pittsburgh (211-213 Smithfield Street)
2020 Art of Diversity Showcase
Emerge (2020) was selected as an honorable mention in the Cultural Identity category for the University of Pittsburgh's "Art of Diversity" Showcase
2018 Showtime Network's "The Affair" - Season 4
Langston Hughes (2017) was featured in various scenes of Season 4 of Showtime Network's The Affair.
2018 Buzzfeed Article Feature
Killmonger - Black Panther (2018) was featured in a Buzzfeed article highlighting artwork inspired by Marvel's film, Black Panther (2018)
2017 Peace Project Fusion Award Winner
Baldwin (2017) was a winner for an international call for artists, and part of a traveling exhibit to amplify global humanitarian work for peace.
2023 Pennsylvania Governor's Residence
"Emerge" (2020) was selected by Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro to be exhibited in the Governor's Residence.
2022 Pittsburgh Steelers Gameday Poster
For the December 11th 2022 Steelers v Ravens game, Morgan was selected to design a Gameday poster to convey the rivalry, and charity associated with the game.
2022 Pittsburgh Pirates Charities
Pittsburgh Pirates Charities held an art auction of originally designed homebase plates. Proceeds of the plate went to pillars of the Charities mission areas.
2021 There is Black Art in the Future Window Exhibit
Protect Our Future (2021) is featured on the windows of the Pitt Building, in Downtown Pittsburgh (211-213 Smithfield Street)
2020 Art of Diversity Showcase
Emerge (2020) was selected as an honorable mention in the Cultural Identity category for the University of Pittsburgh's "Art of Diversity" Showcase
2018 Showtime Network's "The Affair" - Season 4
Langston Hughes (2017) was featured in various scenes of Season 4 of Showtime Network's The Affair.
2018 Buzzfeed Article Feature
Killmonger - Black Panther (2018) was featured in a Buzzfeed article highlighting artwork inspired by Marvel's film, Black Panther (2018)
2017 Peace Project Fusion Award Winner
Baldwin (2017) was a winner for an international call for artists, and part of a traveling exhibit to amplify global humanitarian work for peace.
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